As the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) intensifies, the number of daily new confirmed cases and severe cases both recorded an all-time high.
Jeon Hae-cheol, the second deputy head of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, said in a remark at the main headquarters meeting on the 1st, “The number of confirmed cases today is expected to reach the low 5,000 range.” level,” he said.
Regarding the hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19, Minister Jeon said, “The utilization rate of beds is increasing and waiting for allocation is increasing, especially in the metropolitan area. By mid-December, we will secure an additional 1,300 beds.”
He also promised, “We will improve the efficiency of bed operation by classifying beds according to the severity of the patient, and create conditions for safe treatment at home by using home treatment as the basic principle for treating confirmed patients.” It plans to operate more than 190 ‘managed medical institutions’ nationwide for monitoring and non-face-to-face treatment and prescription. Infectious disease hospitals and respiratory clinics will be designated and operated as short-term and outpatient treatment centers so that patients can receive necessary treatment if symptoms change during home treatment or if they want.
Regarding the Omicron mutation, which was discovered the day before, suspicious cases of foreign arrivals, Minister Jeon said, “The government is taking the current situation seriously and will take full action to block the inflow.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) formed and operated a ‘pan-government joint task force (TF)’ to establish a rapid quarantine strategy, strictly manage overseas travelers, and develop a PCR analysis method to check for infection. plan to proceed.
79.9% of the people who completed the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the previous day. It is expected to exceed 80% of the day, and the booster vaccination rate is currently at 22%.
Minister Jeon said, “In a situation where the importance of promptly completing inoculation for those who have not been vaccinated and the third booster vaccination is growing, the government will increase the participation rate by providing various vaccination conveniences. “We will expand the group vaccination at the school level through targeted vaccinations,” he said.
He also said, “We will discuss additional measures to strengthen quarantine measures, including the size of private gatherings in the metropolitan area, reduction of the number of non-vaccinated restaurants and cafes, and expansion of the target of the quarantine pass through the Daily Recovery Support Committee this week, and present the results to the public. I will tell you,” he said.
(Seoul = News 1)
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